Welcome to the Hawkeye State of Iowa. The state, located in the heartland of America, is considered to be one of the safest states in the nation. Agriculture is a large part of the economy. Other important industries include manufacturing, financial services, biotechnology and information technology.
The state's three largest public universities include Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa. Private universities include Northwestern College and the University of Dubuque.
Like the majority of other states, Iowa offers several different scholarship opportunities for students pursuing degrees in vocational fields with greater-than-average demand. These include nursing and education. However, funding opportunities in the state are not limited to these in-demand fields. Scholarships can be found for a host of other academic pursuits.
Explore the links below to find out more.
The All Iowa Opportunity Scholarship (AIOS) is a state-funded scholarship program for students who do well in high school and demonstrate financial need. Generally, a student can receive the AIOS for one academic year. Students attending community colleges can renew their award for a second academic year as long as they re-apply and continue to meet eligibility requirements.
Priority for Awards
Applicants who participated in certain federal TRIO programs.
Applicants who graduated from alternative high schools or alternative high school programs.
The student will be identified by the Commission with the assistance of high school guidance counselors, TRIO Program administrators, the Iowa Department of Human Services, and the Iowa Department of Education.
First priority will be given to students whose applications are received on or before March 1. Applications received after the March 1 priority date will be considered for an award only if funding remains once all renewals and priority applicants have been awarded.
Generally, high school seniors who will graduate with the class of current academic year are eligible for the All Iowa Opportunity Scholarship if they meet the following criteria:
Iowa resident who begins initial enrollment at an eligible Iowa college or university within two academic years of graduating from high school and continuously receives a scholarship award;
Minimum of 2.5 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent;
Enroll for at least 3 semester hours (or the trimester or quarter equivalent) in a program leading to an undergraduate degree;
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Iowa Financial Aid Application by March 1 for priority consideration;
Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $7,853 or lower from the FAFSA; and
Complete any additional applications or documents required by the Iowa College Student Aid Commission.
The Iowa Barber and Cosmetology Arts and Sciences Tuition Grant is available to assist Iowa residents attending participating Iowa barber and cosmetology colleges. Priority is given to students with the greatest financial need. The maximum grant is $1,200 per year.
How it Works
Eligible colleges receive the Iowa Barber and Cosmetology Arts and Sciences Tuition Grant allocations. Campus financial aid officials award grants to students with the greatest financial need. Recipients are notified by the college if awarded this grant.
Award Amount: $1,000
Number of Awards: 1 per year
License Requirement: Any active Amateur Radio License Class
Region: Resident of ARRL Midwest Division (IA, KS, MO, NE)
Field of Study:
Bachelor's degree or higher in electronics, communications, or related field
Institution: Attending school in the Midwest Division
Iowa residents enrolled in career or technical education programs at Iowa community colleges may be eligible to receive this grant. The maximum award is $1,200 per year for up to two years of education. Part-time students may be eligible for adjusted amounts.
Enrolled in at least 3 credit hours in a qualified program of study (of at least a 15-week duration)
Enrolled at an Iowa community college
Must demonstrate financial need
The Iowa Grant is available to assist Iowa students attending Regent Universities, independent colleges and universities and community colleges throughout Iowa. Priority is given to students whose parent was a public safety worker that was killed in the line of duty. The maximum grant for priority recipients is the average resident tuition rate at Iowa Regent Universities; the maximum grant for non-priority recipients is $1,000 per year for up to four years of full-time, undergraduate study (adjusted for less than full-time enrollment).
How it Works
All applicants must complete a FAFSA to be considered for the Iowa Grant. Students who are in the priority group (parent was a public safety worker that was killed in the line of duty) must also complete the Supplemental Application.
Supplemental applications are reviewed by Iowa College Aid and recipients are notified by their college/university if they will receive an award.
All other applicants are awarded based on the results of your FAFSA and are notified by their college/university if they will receive an award.
Undergraduate enrollment at an Iowa college or university
Must demonstrate financial need
Individuals residing in MGMA Midwest section states (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin) who are enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program relevant to medical practice management.
Students must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program relevant to medical practice management, including public health, business administration, healthcare administration and other related areas.
This fund is now available to any qualifying African-American Iowa resident enrolled in a full or part-time program (undergraduate or graduate). In particular, this fund was designed to assist students from low-income families who would most likely not be able to attend an institute of higher learning without this money.
Undergraduate, graduate, and high school students enrolled full time during the scholarship application year.
Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
Students with a Korean heritage studying in the United States regardless of citizenship status (including Korean Nationals).
If extra funds are available, other students (non-Korean) may qualify for some scholarships.
Qualifications for Scholarship Eligibility:
Will be a full time student at a school in one of the designated Midwestern region states (Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin)
Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Can demonstrate need for financial assistance.
Your category depends on what your status will be during the school year, as follows:
High School Sophomores & Juniors - Scholarships awarded based on achievement (not based on financial need).
High School Seniors with plans to attend college in next school year - The chosen college must be within the Midwestern region. You must include a copy of your acceptance letter.
College Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors - The school you are attending must be within the Midwestern region.
College Seniors - You must be planning to attend a graduate or professional school in the Midwestern region. You must submit a letter of acceptance from the graduate or professional school.
Graduate Students - You must be continuing your studies in the next school year at a school within the Midwestern region.
ELIGIBILITY: Pursing a four-year degree in any area of agriculture. Applicant must complete financial analysis section of application and exhibit financial need. Resident of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia or Wisconsin required. Recipients shall allow Tractor Supply Company to use photographs of themselves and their families in company advertising.AWARD: Approximately one scholarship at $3,000. Not guaranteed.
ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree in agronomy, crop or plant science, horticulture, business/landscape/nursery or turfgrass management, agricultural communications, public relations, sales or marketing, entomology or plant pathology. Minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale required. Must reside in Arizona, California, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota or Washington (state).AWARD: Five scholarships at $1,275 each, non-renewable.
ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a two- or four-year degree in agribusiness or agriculture. Must have demonstrated leadership qualities, exhibit financial need (low to moderate income) and reside within the immediate areas served by Bank of the West, including: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.AWARD: Eight scholarships at $3,000 each. Non-renewable.
ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree in agricultural business management, economics, finance or international agriculture. Consideration will be given first to Blain’s Farm & Fleet employees. Financial need will be given secondary consideration. Must be a resident of one of the following cities: Belvidere, Bloomington, Bourbonnais, Decatur, Freeport, Geneseo,Loves Park, Moline, Montgomery, Morton, Ottawa, Rockford, Sterling, Sycamore, Urbana or Woodstock in Illinois; or Cedar Falls, Clinton, Davenport or Muscatine in Iowa.AWARD: Two scholarships at $2,000 each, non-renewable.
ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree at an accredited four-year college in the following areas of agriculture: business management, economics, sales and marketing or finance. One scholarship will be awarded to members from the following states: California, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Texas. Minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale required.AWARD: 10 scholarships at $5,000 each, renewable at $1,250 per year for four years, provided a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and full-time student status in approved major are maintained.
ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a two- or four-year degree in agricultural business/farm/food service/landscape/nursery/ranch or wildlife management, communications, economics, finance, sales, marketing, engineering, mechanization, power & equipment, conservation, plant or soil science, entomology, agricultural computer systems, agricultural public service or general agriculture with a career path in agriculture or agribusiness. Resident of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota or Wisconsin required. Must exhibit strong leadership skills.AWARD: Three scholarships at $1,000 each, non-renewable.
ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a two- or four-year degree in agronomy, crop science, agricultural communications, education, journalism, extension, public relations, business management, economics, finance, sales, marketing, plant pathology/breeding/genetics, soil science or soil/water conservation. One scholarship will be awarded to resident of Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Two scholarships each will be awarded to residents of Iowa and Nebraska. Minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale required.AWARD: 17 scholarships at $1,500 each, non-renewable
ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree in agricultural business/farm/livestock or ranch management or agricultural sales and marketing. Seventeen $1,000 scholarships to a member from Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina or South Carolina; Arkansas, Louisiana or Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska; Pennsylvania or New York; Washington, Oregon or Idaho; Ohio; Oklahoma; Alabama, Georgia or Florida; Tennessee; Texas; Wisconsin. In addition, seven scholarships are available to FFA members pursuing a two-year degree in agricultural business/farm/livestock or ranch management or agricultural sales and marketing to the states of Kansas; Kentucky; Nebraska; Ohio; Oklahoma; Texas; Alabama, Georgia or Florida. Applicants must live on a family farm, exhibit strong leadership skills, financial need and demonstrate interest in managing a farm.AWARD: 24 scholarships at $1,000 each, non-renewable.
ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree in animal, dairy or poultry science with a preference in poultry. Resident of Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, Kansas, South Dakota, North Dakota, Missouri or Illinois (in that order) planning to attend Iowa State University, University of Nebraska, University of Minnesota, the University of Missouri, Kansas State University, University of Illinois (Urbana) or South Dakota State University. Minimum 2.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale required.AWARD: Two scholarships at $1,500 each, non-renewable
ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree in select areas of agriculture, agribusiness management, communications, education, journalism, extension, public relations, finance, economics, sales, marketing, engineering, mechanization, technology, plant pathology, plant/animal breeding and genetics, range/soil science or public service and administration in agriculture. Resident of Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin or Wyoming required. No more than one scholarship per state.AWARD: 10 scholarships at $2,000 each, non-renewable.
ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree in any area of agriculture, excluding food service, parks and recreation studies and dietetics. Applicant must have participated in community service and be a resident of Iowa or Michigan.AWARD: Two scholarships at $1,000 each, non-renewable.
Eligible students will:
Write an essay of no fewer than 600 words about their career aspirations and how their current course load will help them achieve success in their careers. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Thinking outside the box is encouraged!
Email their essay as a .doc or .pdf attachment to: firstname.lastname@example.org
YouTube submissions are optional, although not required. Video should be no longer than 5 minutes. (Essays submitted via YouTube must also be submitted in writing.)
Scholarships only applicable for specific counties within this state